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02/18/2016 18:16 EST | Updated 02/18/2017 00:12 EST

Game designer Kojima, filmmaker del Toro reunite at summit

LAS VEGAS — Movie director Guillermo del Toro and video game designer Hideo Kojima had big plans for their top-secret interactive collaboration.

"We had great ideas that I think would have done fantastic," the "Pacific Rim" filmmaker said on stage Thursday at the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science's annual D.I.C.E. Summit.

Del Toro and the "Metal Gear Solid" creator reunited for a talk at the 15th annual gathering of elite members of the video game industry. The appearance marked the pair's first public appearance together since their collaboration, "Silent Hills," was cancelled last year by publisher Konami.

The title was intended to be the next installment in the long-running "Silent Hill" horror franchise and feature "The Walking Dead" actor Norman Reedus. Del Toro and Kojima teased it last year with the release of a mysterious PlayStation 4 demo called "P.T."

"'P.T.' itself was meant to be sort of a decoy," del Toro said. "We were thinking it would take (players) 10 days, two weeks to solve it. They solved it in three days."

The pair — fans of each other's work — first met when del Toro was in Japan to promote "Hellboy 2." They quickly became friends, and del Toro invited Kojima to his "man cave," populated with the filmmaker's games, toys and other geeky collectibles.

Kojima is being inducted this year into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. He is working on a PS4 game with a newly formed studio, Kojima Productions.

"I feel extremely free right now," the Japanese game designer said through a translator. "I'm trying to make a very big game with an extremely small team."

Despite the duo moving on to other projects, del Toro is hopeful that he'll again collaborate with Kojima.

"I'll do whatever the (expletive) he wants," the filmmaker said, motioning to Kojima.

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http://www.dicesummit.org .

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Derrik J. Lang, The Associated Press